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Ohio man who shot fighting friends pleads guilty to gun charge

A Canton, Ohio man who shot two of his friends as he tried to stop them from fighting each other after they were kicked out of a Buffalo bar has pleaded guilty to a gun charge in Erie County Court.

Nathan Friend-Green, 19, faces up to 15 years in prison when Judge Michael L. D’Amico sentences him April 13 on his guilty plea to second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, according to District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III.

Sedita said Friend-Green pulled out a pistol when his drunken friends, who are brothers, started fighting Jan. 4 after leaving the bar and driving to the Lackawanna apartment where they all were staying.

On the way there, the brothers got into an argument, got out of the car and started fighting. Wanting to stop the fight, Friend-Green tried to fire a warning shot into the air, but the inebriated defendant pointed the gun down instead of up and wounded the brothers as they grappled on the ground.

They all got back into the car. After dropping off Friend-Green at the apartment, the less seriously injured brother drove himself and his brother to the hospital, where officials contacted police.

The brothers refused to cooperate with police. Officers then went to the Lackawanna apartment where they found Friend-Green asleep and the gun at his bedside.

Assistant District Attorney John P. Gerken Jr. prosecuted the case.